2019 federal election in Eden-Monaro: What do the people think?

Its all about the sausage at Pambula Public School where the P&C had to send out for more supplies mid-morning on Election Day. They also sold all their cakes by 11am.
Its all about the sausage at Pambula Public School where the P&C had to send out for more supplies mid-morning on Election Day. They also sold all their cakes by 11am.

While we have heard plenty from the candidates contesting for the Eden-Monaro electorate, what do the people on the ground think about the whole affair?

On Election Day, we were out in the community gauging people's responses to the 2019 federal election.

All the day's events were uploaded to our live blog from the day, which you can see here.

What the people think

Meet the three generations: Isobel Wykes, Brigitte Green (aged 10) and Carolyn Wykes. While Brigitte isn't thinking about politics just yet, Mum and Grandma say they're driven by the party, not the leader, and that the climate is high on their agenda.

For Premkranti Hollier of Bega, the environment and affordable housing was key.

"Homelessness plays into a lot of other issues, like affordable housing. Single women over 55 are among the most vulnerable to homelessness. It's a real concern. The disparity between the rich and poor is growing."

In Bega, Wayne Ubrihien was "pretty happy with the way things are going".

"I'm not really that into politics. I just go with the flow."

In Bega the environment and climate change were key issues for Sunny Goddard, local environment as well as global.

"I've been watching the circus leading up to the election and for me it was about who had the most integrity and authenticity."

At Tathra the Van Gangelens said education was the most important issue.

"With a young family and particularly growing up in a rural area we want to be able to have the highest standards Australians can hope for," Jef said.

"More funding for hospitals as well. We have a fantastic new facility but it needs to be properly funded and staffed so we we can provide services in the long term."

At 22, Josh Langdown is thinking about the party that will assist with setting-up his future. Front of mind for this young voter is finance, a critical part of life. He wants a government that's going to support his growth. Josh was in early to vote at Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds as he was off to work.

Wally and Stephanie Perenc didn't waste any time getting to the booths on Saturday, standing at the front of the queue at Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds at 7.45am sharp. They wanted the coalition to stay in power, saying "any party that is good for farmers" had their vote. They live on a property in Murrumbateman.

It's been a family affair for Nationals candidate Sophie Wade, who voted with her son Rory at home in Murrumbateman.

"I'm so proud of her," Rory said of his mum.

"She's grown so much, right from her starting speech saying she was running as a candidate."

What makes a good democracy sausage?

"A good cook," says Harry at the Bega Valley Public School

As usual, local Braidwood identity, Robin Wallace-Crabbe, had a lot to say when he arrived to vote. We loves ya, Rob.

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